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Evaluating Children for Disability (Accurate and updated information as of October 2021) (English and Spanish) (Center for Parent Information & Resources, CPIR)


Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted.

The evaluation process is guided by requirements in Part B of our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 


After High School All Disabilities Early Childhood Early Intervention Elementary Federal Laws High School Individualized Education Program (IEP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Parent/Family Preschool